Lafarge Tarmac drives fleet safety with HGV “industry first”
Lafarge Tarmac marks a “first” in UK HGV fleet operations
Lafarge Tarmac has boosted its commitment to improving cycle safety and cutting vehicle emissions by becoming the first UK heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet operator to be approved to undertake whole fleet accreditation as part of Transport for London’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
By gaining accreditation to audit its fleet of over 1,450 HGVs, which includes those of its contractor haulier supply chain, the company is driving forward a nationwide commitment to improve safety and environmental standards.
Sean McGrae, senior national transport manager at Lafarge Tarmac said: “Our ability to undertake audits across our nationwide fleet will help us to continue to deliver the highest standards of safety and health and environmental best practice. This approach provides our customers with the added reassurance that we have invested in both the appropriate safety equipment and relevant, driver training.”
Ian Wainwright, head of freight and fleet at Transport for London said: “The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme has been hugely successful in helping operators who are focused on best practise and continual improvement. As the first company to secure nationwide accreditation, Lafarge Tarmac has demonstrated a leading approach to embedding a consistent approach to safety and environmental standards across its fleet. Importantly, it is also providing its independent contract hauliers with the necessary technical support and training to make both adaptations to vehicles and behavioural changes.”
FORS, which is a currently a voluntary scheme, is aimed at transforming freight delivery in London and ensuring that operators work toward best practice. Recipients of FORS accreditation demonstrate exemplary standards for accident minimisation, CO2 reduction, delivery of enhanced driver training and installing cycle safety measures to their fleet